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Sefer Vayikra - Leviticus

Sefer Vayikra -

The Book of Leviticus

The Book of Leviticus (i.e., Sefer Vayikra [סֵפֶר וַיִּקְרָא]) is the book of the priesthood of ancient Israel, concerning ritual and sacrificial laws pertaining to the Mishkan (tabernacle, and later the Temple). The book describes the details of offering various sacrifices to the LORD and emphasizes ritual purity and holiness. In fact, nearly half of the 613 commandments of the Torah are found in this book (and much of the Talmud is based on it the various laws and statutes regarding ritual purity).

There are 27 chapters (11,950 words, 44,790 letters), divided into ten weekly readings:

24

 

Vayikra

And He called

Leviticus 1:1-6:7

25

 

Tsav

Command!

Leviticus 6:8-8:36

26

 

 

Shmini

Eighth

Leviticus 9:1-11:47

27

 

Tazria *

She conceives

Leviticus 12:1-13:59

28

 

Metzora

Leper

Leviticus 14:1-15:33

29

 

 

Acharei Mot *

After the death

Leviticus 16:1-18:30

30

 

Kedoshim

Holy ones

Leviticus 19:1-20:27

31

 

 

Emor

Say!

Leviticus 21:1-24:23

32

 

BeHar *

On the mountain

Leviticus 25:1-26:2

33

 

Bechukotai

In My statutes

Leviticus 26:3-27:34

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* Portions marked with an asterisk may be added to the following week's readings. On leap years 52 weeks are available for the 54 readings (2 weeks have double portions), and on non leap years, only 48 weeks are available (6 weeks have double portions).

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